Friday, 20 April 2007
Made this ham bun with my brand new bread machine. Thanks to fellow blogger pal, Elyn, for sharing her tips on how to use the machine! I didn't use the full function of the bread maker yet, for a start, I've only tried the kneading function. It is certainly much easier to have the machine taking over the tough work of kneading the bread dough. I used the same sweet bun recipe as I wanted to know how the texture of the buns will turn out with the kneading done by the machine.
I still gave the dough a few minutes of kneading by hand after I removed it from the maker...as it was still a little sticky after 20mins of kneading by the maker. I'll have to give it a full 30mins of kneading next time.
I learnt from a Chinese cookbook on the techniques to roll the ham into the dough and then cut into 4 or 5 sections and shape them as above. It looks pretty easy from the illustrations, but you will need the skills to cut the slices evenly so that you can get a neat bun...somehow the dough kept "shrinking' whenever I try to cut and shape it. So you can see the ham buns that I made have got big and small swirls as well as high and low hills, haha ;)
The sausage buns looked worst...I couldn't even space the sections evenly!
I added some pork floss toppings on this sausage bun.
Once again, the sweet bun recipe didn't disappoint me...the texture was soft and fluffy :))
My assorted homemade buns...guess I was too liberal with the egg wash (although I added some water with the egg), the buns looked so glossy...not very pleasing to the eye right?! I prefer a matt finish, and these remind me of those "fake" buns, hahaha!
I shall try the full function of the bread maker soon...I really like the idea that you only need to add in the ingredients and after 3 hours, you get to eat a fresh loaf of bread!